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A psychology major consists of a wide range of theoretical and applied courses for students interested in obtaining a broad understanding of human behavior. Through two emphases, general psychology and mental health, the major prepares you for a career in a variety of human service settings.

Internship Opportunities

Doane students may participate in semester-long internships, gaining hands-on, applied experience for college credit. Psychology students have completed internships at such organizations as:

• Adams Street Center - CMMCLC
• Applied Behavior Analysis Program (Autism)
• Attention Center for Youth
• Blue River Family Resource Center
• Camp Kindle
• Catholic Social Services
• Cedars Youth Services
• CenterPointe, Inc.
• Community Alternatives
• Crete Area Medical Center
• Crete Public Schools (Middle School; High School)
• Crete Manor
• Crete Police Department
• Developmental Services of Nebraska
• Friendship Home
• Kenexa
• Lincoln Action Program
• Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department
• Lincoln Public Schools
• MADD Nebraska
• Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
• Munroe-Myer Institute
• National Research Corporation
• Nebraska State Patrol
• Nebraska Health & Human Services
• Region V Services

Learning Environment


Specialized Program Opportunities

All Psychology students are required to complete a senior seminar research project. Psychology majors work with one another to design and implement research projects on topics of personal interest.

Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members in ongoing research projects through Doane University's undergraduate summer research program, an honor lab or through individual work with a professor. Such research projects have included:

  • social perceptions of sexual assault victims
  • coping strategies in reaction to the break-up of romantic relationships
  • gender stereotyping
  • judgments of responsibility about victims of crime and other negative events
  • counterfactual thinking
  • barriers to mental health service utilization in underserved populations.

Many students also present their research at the Great Plains Psychology Conference, the Nebraska Psychological Society Conference, and Doane University's Mind Expo.

Student Organizations

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Requirements for the Psychology Major:

Complete the following:


A maximum of eight internship credits may be counted toward the major with the approval of faculty in the discipline.

Research Assistantship

A maximum of nine credits from PSY 380 - Psychology Research Assistantship (0-3) may be counted toward the major with the approval of faculty in the discipline.